With GPS data being used in a variety of sports, we have more data than ever to compare professional athletes. More than just stats like goals and assists, we can actually measure distance traveled and top speeds. The folks over at SportTechie have analyzed the data comparing amateur and professional soccer players. Check out the differences between the players here.
Read the article linked above and answer the following questions (You may use a calculator, but show your work!).
- The English Premier League leader in distance covered in the 2016/17 season was Tottenham’s midfielder Christian Eriksen, who covered an average of 11.92 kilometers per match. If there are approximately 1.62 km. in a mile, how many miles did he average per match? How does that compare to an average professional midfielder (data included in the article)?
- Let’s say an amateur attacker and a professional attacker are both racing towards the same spot on the soccer pitch. Both players are 100 feet from the spot. Calculate how far away would the amateur player be from that spot when the professional player arrived there, assuming both players ran at their top speed the entire time. (There are 5280 feet in a mile, and use the speed data from the article linked above).
- An English Premier League season is 38 games long. Over the course of a 38-game season, calculate how much farther a professional defender would run when compared to an amateur defender.